Restaurants in Fort Walton Beach

Food tastes better on vacation. That’s especially true when your vacation takes you to Fort Walton Beach.

Restaurants in Fort Walton Beach offer a tremendous variety of fresh seafood, live music, gorgeous settings, family-friendly venues, and fine dining.  Whether you stay for a week or a season, you’ll never run out of places to go.

Seafood

The Emerald Coast offers year-round fishing, which means the freshest seafood every time you visit. The Gulf-to-Table movement offers local fish caught by local fishermen, served in many local restaurants in Fort Walton Beach.

Old Bay Steamer mixes seafood, steak, and ribs with fine art and blues music. Old Bay offers free valet parking and just-caught seafood from the Gulf.

Rick’s Crab Trap serves fresh Gulf seafood, a huge selection of burgers and sandwiches, and a weekday oyster happy hour. Known for its seafood gumbo, Rick’s Crab Trap always has sports on its TVs, and a large selection of beer, wine, and craft cocktails.

Savor even more seafood restaurants in nearby Destin and Okaloosa Island as well.

Waterfront Restaurants

For an intimate setting, Bay Cafe features authentic European food in a quaint, neighborhood bistro that overlooks the Choctawhatchee Bay. With an extensive wine list and chef-prepared French cuisine, visitors consider it a hidden gem and a perfect date night restaurant.

Likewise, The Shack offers waterfront views, local seafood, a large selection of crab dishes, and a variety of menu items from burgers to steak. The Shack sits next to the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Basin, a pier where visitors can feed fish and rent boats.

Okaloosa Island and Destin also have amazing waterfront restaurants for a feast of the senses.

Family-Friendly Dining

Burrito del Sol started as an Airstream converted into a fully functioning kitchen before becoming the Fort Walton Beach hotspot that it is today. Burrito del Sol serves Baja-style Mexican food with live music on Friday nights.

For sumptuous seafood in a restaurant that’s kid-friendly, Stewby’s Seafood Shanty offers laid-back dining and quick service without sacrificing the quality of their local seafood, gumbo, and other dishes.

The sports loving family will enjoy Fokker’s Pub, a high-energy restaurant that serves both hand-tossed pizza and German food in a relaxed atmosphere. Check out wing night, catch a game, or enjoy live music. If you’re heading back to your vacation rental, get Fokker’s Pub takeout on all menu items as well.

KC’s SandBar and Grill is equal parts beach bar and neighborhood hangout and is home to wings, pizza, sandwiches, and other casual offerings. The open-air bar hosts live music and invites kids to play in the sand while adults enjoy drink specials. KC’s SandBar and Grill also welcomes the family dog, so bring your dog along for a meal.

Fine Dining

Savor the Gulf’s culinary traditions and innovations during your stay in Fort Walton Beach. Surf, turf, and the best world wines are highlights of many restaurants where the food is upscale and the environment is still casual.

For a unique start to your night out, start in Downtown Fort Walton Beach. Taste Tapas & Wine Bar specializes in wine and shareable dishes and features creative menu offerings and bottomless mimosas. If you’re staying in Downtown Fort Walton Beach for dinner, Sealand Restaurant serves a wide variety of sophisticated dishes including steak, lamb, escargot, and pastas. The vast wine list includes offerings from California to New Zealand.

You can also stay close to the water for a more formal dinner. Giovanni’s One89 is a cozy waterfront bistro overlooking Santa Rosa Sound, which serves dinner in the late afternoons and evenings. With a menu featuring  steak, seafood, and fresh Italian dishes, you can delight in finely crafted dishes and spectacular sunsets at the same time. Giovanni’s also has a wine bar, summertime Tiki bar, beach docking, and live music.

Craft Bars & Breweries

For pub fare and craft brews, Props Brewery & Grill is a casual brewpub featuring local beer and classic bar food. Props is dog-friendly and will even serve your canine companion a plain burger patty in a dog dish in outdoor seating.

If you’re looking for craft beers from across the country, The Salty Duck maintains 40 taps, updated weekly. The Salty Duck is playroom for grown ups with its arcade games, giant Jenga, televised sports, and unique beer blends you won’t find elsewhere.

Like its namesake in Destin, The Craft Bar at Uptown Station serves 30 craft beer selections together with chef-inspired tavern food, offering something for every taste.

Fokker’s Pub serves German beer and food like schnitzels and sausages as well as American faves like hand-tossed pizza and wings.

If you’re on a craft beer tour of the Emerald Cost, you should continue your pub crawl in Destin and on Okaloosa Island to get the full taste of local craft bar and breweries.

Try a different restaurant every time, or visit your favorites more than once. No matter where you eat in Fort Walton Beach, vacation meals rarely taste as good as they do here.

Explore more restaurant options in neighboring Destin and on Okaloosa Island as well.

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